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Backup solutions in SharePoint 2013

Updated: May 21, 2013

Summary: Learn how to back up solutions for a SharePoint 2013 environment.

Applies to:  SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013 

The following articles on TechNet and related resources provide information about backup solutions for SharePoint 2013. These articles are written to meet the requirements of information technology (IT) professionals who are responsible for the planning, design, deployment, and operations of backup and recovery solutions. These solutions might be in enterprise, corporate, or branch office environments. The IT professionals who are responsible for backup and recovery solutions are expected to have an understanding of the technical details that are contained in this section.

A backup is a copy of data that is used to restore and recover that data after a system failure. While backups allow you to restore data after a failure they are also useful to keep for routine purposes. These purposes include copying a database from one server to another, setting up database mirroring, and archiving to comply with regulatory requirements.

If you make appropriate backups, you can recover from many system failures, such as the following:

  • Media failure

  • User errors (such as deleting a file by mistake)

  • Hardware failures (such as a damaged hard disk or permanent loss of a server)

  • Natural disasters

Downloadable resources about backup

Download the following content for information about backup.

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Back up and restore: SharePoint Server 2013

A visual display of the backup and restore tools, scenarios and tasks available for SharePoint Server 2013.

Backup planning workbook

Workbook to help you plan strategies for backup and restore for a SharePoint 2013 environment.

TechNet articles about backup for SharePoint 2013

The following articles about backup are available to view online. Writers update articles on a continuing basis as new information becomes available and as users provide feedback.

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Back up farms in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up the complete farm.

Back up farm configurations in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up farm configuration settings.

Back up web applications in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up a web application that is associated with the farm that include configuration and content databases.

Back up service applications in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up a service application that is associated with the farm that include configuration and content databases.

Back up User Profile service applications in SharePoint Server 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up a User Profile Service application that is associated with the farm that include configuration and content databases.

Back up Search service applications in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up the Search service application that is associated with the farm that include configuration and indexes.

Back up the Secure Store Service in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up the Secure Store service application that is associated with the farm that include configuration and content databases.

Back up content databases in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up a content database that is associated with the farm.

Back up databases to snapshots in SharePoint Server 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up a content database that is associated with the farm by saving the database to a snapshot.

Back up customizations in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up customizations that are associated with the farm.

Back up site collections in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to back up site collections that are associated with the farm.

Back up apps for SharePoint in SharePoint 2013

Learn how to back up apps for SharePoint in SharePoint 2013.

Export sites, lists, or document libraries in SharePoint 2013

Describes the procedures that you can use to export a list, site, or document library that is associated with the farm. You can then import the items into another farm or move them to another place in this farm.

Additional resources about backup for SharePoint 2013

The following resources about backup are available from other subject matter experts.

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What's New in SharePoint 2013 Resource Center

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Change History

Date Description

May 21, 2013

Added links for downloadable content, Back up and restore: SharePoint Server 2013 model and for the Backup planning workbook.

July 16, 2012

Initial publication

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